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DOJ Announces New Active Shooter Training Grant for First Responders

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DoD deploys troops to support DHS and harden US border

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November declared National Veterans and Military Families Month

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Vehicle and Fire Equipment Donations - a Question of Liability

Has your organization recently acquired new fire rescue equipment or vehicles?

Is the old equipment or vehicle(s) still in serviceable condition?

Would your organization like to donate the fire rescue equipment and/or vehicle(s) to a Volunteer Fire Department; but, you’re concerned about any potential “liability” to your organization?

Well, Florida State Statute 127.27, states…

… Private or public entities that donate fire/rescue equipment, vehicles, or supplies directly to state, county, or local governmental entities having fire/rescue responsibilities shall not be held liable for civil damages resulting from use or possession of such items.

QUESTION: F.S. 127.27. seems to address donations made to the Florida Fire Service.  Does it also apply to donations made by my organization?

ANSWER: F.S. 127.27 applies not only to the Florida Fire Service, but to all public and private entities that donate fire or rescue equipment, vehicles, or supplies to other state, county, or local government entities.

QUESTION: So, according to F.S. 127.27, can my organization donate fire/rescue equipment, or a vehicle directly the Volunteer Fire Department in the next county?

ANSWER: F.S. 127.27 states that the receiving entity must be a state, county, or local agency that has fire / rescue responsibilities.

QUESTION: How would donations made Volunteer Fire Departments set up as 501C3 organizations be handled with respect to liability? 

Would they be covered under this Statute?

ANSWER: The entity receiving the equipment must be a state, county, or local governmental unit.  Each fire department in the state is operating at the direction of a “Fire Service Provider,” which can only be state, county, special district, or municipality. 

Those interested in donating to a 501C3 can do so by donating to the Fire Service Provider who can then re-issue the equipment to the respective fire department under their local policies.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please e-mail, Donation Question   

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Fire Editor
Comment by Tony Thomas on August 12, 2015 at 9:04pm

Awesome information. A lot of that I did not know. Thanks Capt.


Fire Editor
Comment by Cam Mitchell on August 12, 2015 at 1:15pm

This is a great article Chief. We need more like this.


USFRA Staff
Comment by Capt. D Lewis on August 9, 2015 at 10:13am

Great article Captain. I will be forwarding this to several departments.

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